One of South Shields' most popular beaches beach has once again won two coveted national awards - marking its status as one of the best in the world.
Visitors to award-winning beaches can be sure of a clean, safe beach with great facilities and water quality.
The award looks at the water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management of the beaches.
The other beaches to win awards are: Tankerton in Canterbury, Marina St Leonards in Hastings, and Sheerness Beach, Minster Leas and Leysdown Beach in Swale, Kent.
North East: Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Sandhaven Beach, Roker, Seaburn.
Scarfone says the Halifax Waterfront will be allowed to fly the Blue Flag, a sign to visitors that the marina is environmentally friendly.
Two Brighton beaches got recognition - Brighton Central and Hove Lawns, while six beaches in the town of Thanet have been awarded Blue Flag status: Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Botany Bay, Margate Main Sands and Stone Bay.
Unclean water, litter and dog mess were given as the top reasons in the study carried out by Keep Britain Tidy.
A third said they had never even been on holiday to the coast.
"The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches - from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses".
The worldwide Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough global bathing water quality standards.
Allison Ogden-Newton, of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "We're committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone and to show how fantastic our beaches can be".